Hi. My name is Ella and I live in San Pablo, CA. I have approximately 12 years of experience in caregiving.
How did you get into caregiving?
I became a caregiver because working in the healthcare industry is a passion, it also runs in the family. I have sisters who work in the healthcare, I was also a pre-medical student way back in my home country. And I was a nursing student here except for that my vision impairment hindered me from pursuing it or completing it. I also love taking care of the elderly population, it's one of my passion. Because I also took care of my father and mother before they died. My father died of cancer and my mom died of embolism. So I love taking care of old people.
What advice would you provide to a new caregiver?
My advice for the new caregiver would be is that he or she should have lots and lots of compassion, patience, and empathy. They should assess the needs of the elderly on a case-to-case basis this is a customized plan of care for the elderly. Because this population are very much dependent on this [trends?] of the caregivers. And the caregivers should be very prepared psychologically, physically, emotionally, and spiritually in order to handle and understand this group of population. This group of population needs dependent love and care of the caregivers, and if the caregivers are not skillful enough to understand this types of people their not going to be successful in the workplace.
Who is one of your most memorable clients?
A client I will never forget is Mary Ellen. Mary Ellen is susceptible to what the medical practice is doing now called the euthanasia or the mercy killing, but it didn't happen because she was protected in our care. She was expected to already go as a hospice client, but we took care of her well and she died normally. Mary Ellen was well taken cared of in my hands and in the hands of the caregivers that I work with. It was a challenging responsibility on my part before but I learned a lot since I love doing this for the elderly population.